Aging: Nutrients and Herbs

Nutrients

Do not take single amino acids for longer than 2 months at a time. To avoid creating imbalances, alternate taking them for a month and then stopping for a month. Protects the heart and liver; decreases blood triglycerides; . enhances the effectiveness of antioxidants; improves muscle strength and brain function.Attaches to heavy metals such as lead and mercury and removes them from the body. Also enhances brain function. Used by the body to produce glutathione, a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier.Delays the aging process and improves sleep. Good for many disorders associated with aging.

50 mg 3 times daily.

and inositol50 mg 3 times daily.and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA)

SUPPLEMENT

SUGGESTED DOSAGE

COMMENTS

Alpha-lipoic acid As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant. Aids proper blood sugar balance (diabetes) and liver function.
Super Carnosine 500-1,000 mg daily, or per health care practitioner’s advice Offers protection against glycation (cross-linking) that creates AGEs. Also available in combination with vitamin B1, benfotiamine, and luteolin from Life Extension.
Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies As directed on label. Supports the immune system’s detoxification of many dangerous substances.
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg daily. Aids circulation, improves cellular oxygenation, and protects the heart.
Dimethylglycine (DMG) (Aangamik DMG from Food Science of Vermont) As directed on label. Improves cellular oxygenation. Use a sublingual form.

Glutathione

500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. A potent free radical scavenger and mental booster that acts as a mood elevator. Also destroys ammonia, which interferes with brain function.
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6) from Enzymatic Therapy or Jarrow Formulas As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant that has many benefits.
L-arginine 500 mg each twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. It is best to take a complex containing all the amino acids as well (but separately).
 and L-carnitine
 and L-lysine
 and L-methionine
 and L-ornithine
 and L-tyrosine

plus N-acetylcysteine

500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach.
Liquid Kyolic with B1 and B12 from Wakunaga As directed on label. An excellent cell protector.
Multivitamin and mineral complex All nutrients are needed. Use a high-potency formula with chelated trace minerals.
with vitamin A 15,000 IU daily. Important antioxidants. Protect the lungs. Needed for growth and repair of body tissues.
and natural beta-carotene and all the carotenoids 25,000 IU daily. Promotes smooth skin.
and potassium 99-200 mg daily. Plays a role in cellular integrity and water balance. Prevents premature aging, boosts immunity, protects against cancer and heart disease.
and selenium 300 mcg daily.

and zinc

50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Needed for wound healing and healthy skin. Enhances immune function.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil, salmon oil, and Ultra Omega-3 Fish Oil from Health From The Sun are good sources) As directed on label 3 times daily, with meals. Plays an important role in cell formation. Essential for proper brain function. Protects the heart and helps keep plaque from adhering to the arteries.
Pycnogenol 50 mg twice daily. Possibly the most powerful free radical scavengers.
or grape seed extract As directed on label. They can pass through the blood-brain barrier to protect brain cells from free radical damage.
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) As directed on label. A potent antioxidant that destroys free radicals, which damage body cells and cause premature aging. Consider injections (under a doctor’s supervision).
or Cell Guard from Biotec Foods As directed on label. An antioxidant complex containing SOD.
Taurine Plus from American Biologics As directed on label. A building block for all amino acids that improves white blood cell function. Use the sublingual form.

Vitamin B complex

50-100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily, with meals (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary). If you use sublingual forms, you need less. Follow label directions. The B vitamins fight depression; aid in transforming proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into energy. Necessary for the formation of certain proteins and for the functioning of the nervous system. Essential for healthy red blood cells and the absorption of nutrients, including iron. Injections (under a doctor’s supervision) are best. If injections are not available, use sublingual forms.
plus extra pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 50 mg 3 times daily.
and choline 50 mg 3 times daily.
Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) 50-100 mg 3 times daily. Important in proper functioning of the nervous system. A vasodilator that protects the heart and body cells.
Caution: Do not substitute niacin for niacinamide. Niacin can be toxic in such high doses.

Vitamin C with bioflavonoids

4,000-10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. A powerful antioxidant and immune system enhancer that reduces allergies, protects the brain and spinal cord, keeps white blood cells healthy, fights fatigue, and increases energy.
Vitamin E Start with 100 IU daily and slowly increase to 200 IU daily. If you take blood-thinning medication, consult your physician before increasing the dose. A potent antioxidant that fights cellular aging by protecting cell membranes. Also improves circulation and prolongs the life of red blood cells. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.
Boron 3-6 mg daily. Do not exceed this amount. Aids calcium absorption and brain function.
Calcium 1,500-2,000 mg daily. Necessary to prevent bone loss and for normal heart function. Use calcium chelate or calcium asporotate form.
and magnesium 750 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium for correct muscle and heart function.
and vitamin D 600-1.000 mg daily. Enhances calcium absorption and bone formation.
or Bone Defense from KAL As directed on label. Contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and other valuable bone-reinforcing nutrients.

Chromium picolinate

400-1.000 mcg daily. Improves insulin efficiency, which maintains the health of the glands that control aging.
5-Hydroxy L-tryptophan (5-HTP) (Natural Balance is a good source) As directed on label. An important neurotransmitter.
Free form amino acid (Amino Balance from Anabol Naturals) As directed on label, 3 times daily. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption. deficiencies. To supply needed protein. Older adults often have difficulty assimilating dietary protein, and so are likely to have amino acid
Lecithin granules 1 tbsp 3 times daily, with meals. Improves brain function and memory. Protects nervous system cells. A fat emulsifier.
or capsules 1,200 mg 3 times daily, with meals.
Phosphatidylserine 1,000 mg 3 times daily. Improves brain function.
RNA and DNA As directed on label. Good for healthy cell reproduction. Use a sublingual form.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you have gout.
Acidophilus As directed on label. To improve liver function and aid in digestion by replacing bowel flora.

Benfotiamine

150-600 mg daily, or as recommended by health care practitioner. Protects against diabetic neuropathy or retinopathy. This fat-soluble form of vitamin B1 lasts longer in the body and is less toxic than the water-soluble form. Blocks absorption of excess glucose into cells.
Caution: Do not use if you are pregnant or nursing.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) As directed on label. Women should not take more than 15 mg daily except under medical supervision. Studies show it slows the aging process.
Dimethylglycine (DMG) As directed on label. Boosts mental energy, enhances the immune system.
Glucosamine sulfate As directed on label. Important for the formation of bones, skin, nails, connective tissues, and heart valves; also plays a role in the mucous secretions of the digestive, respiratory, and urinary tracts.
or N-Acetylglucosamine (N-A-G from Source Naturals) As directed on label
plus chondroitin As directed on label.
Lutein As directed on label. Protects the retinas from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in older adults.

Melatonin

1.5-5 mg daily, taken 2 hours or less before bedtime.
or ChronoSet from Allergy Research Group As directed on label. Contains melatonin.
Multienzyme complex with pancreatin As directed on label, after meals. To aid digestion. Most older adults lack sufficient digestive enzymes.
Caution: If you have a history of ulcers, do not use a formula containing HCI.
and ox bile (Digestive Aid #34 from Carlson Labs)
Raw thymus glandular 500 mg daily. Enhances the immune system.
S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) As directed on label. Aids in reducing stress and depression, giving a sense of well-being.
Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants.
Silica (Jarrosil from Jarrow Formulas or Body Essential Silica from NatureWorks) As directed on label. Protects connective tissues and cells; keeps skin, bones, hair, nails, and other tissues youthful.
Zinc 50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Increases antibodies and protects the eyes against macular degeneration and vision loss. Very important for the prostate.
plus copper 3 mg daily. Needed to balance with zinc.

Herbs

❑ Astragalus and echinacea help to boost the immune system.
Cautions: Do not use astragalus in the presence of a fever. Do not take echinacea for longer than three months. It should not be used by people who are allergic to ragweed.
❑ Bilberry and ginseng are good for giving extra energy, improving brain function, increasing circulation, and promoting better blood flow to supply oxygen to the cells. Bilberry also protects the eyes.
Caution: Do not use ginseng if you have high blood pressure, or are pregnant or nursing.

❑ Burdock root and red clover cleanse the bloodstream. They can be used separately or in combination.
❑ Dandelion and milk thistle promote good liver function and bile flow.
❑ Garlic helps immune function and protects the heart.
❑ Ginkgo biloba has powerful antioxidant properties and increases the supply of oxygen to the brain cells, enhancing brain function.
Caution: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.

❑ Green tea aids in cancer prevention and is a powerful antioxidant.

Caution: Green tea contains vitamin K, which can make anticoagulant medications less effective. Consult your health care professional if you are using them. The caffeine in green tea could cause insomnia, anxiety, upset stomach, nausea, or diarrhea.
❑ Noni (Morinda citrifolia) is a plant that grows in Hawaii. Its fruit has many health benefits and has been used for thousands of years to ease pain and inflammation, relieve joint problems, promote cellular regeneration, boost the immune system, and improve digestion. Earth’s Bounty NONI is a good source of this herb.

❑ Kava kava, St. John’s wort, and valerian root are valuable as sleep aids and tranquilizers. St. John’s wort is also a natural antidepressant.

Cautions: Kava kava can cause drowsiness. It is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, and it should not be taken together with other substances that act on the central nervous system, such as alcohol, barbiturates, antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs. St. John’s wort may cause increased sensitivity to sunlight. It may also produce anxiety, gastrointestinal symptoms, and headaches. It can interact with some drugs including antidepressants, birth control pills, and anticoagulants.

❑ Licorice root is an effective anti-inflammatory and antiallergenic agent that supports the organ systems.
Caution: Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.
❑ Nettle is full of vital minerals and is good for hypoglycemia, allergies, arthritis, depression, prostate and urinary tract disorders, and a host of other problems.

❑ Saw palmetto aids in preventing cancer and, for men, in improving benign (noncancerous) prostate enlargement. It inhibits the production of dihydrotestosterone, a hormone that contributes to enlargement of the prostate.
❑ Wild yam contains natural steroids that have a rejuvenating effect. Steroids are what help exercise to melt off more weight and build muscle. This hormone is found in the human body as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Take larger amounts—2,400 mg daily, dropping to 1,600 mg daily—for two weeks, then stop for two weeks.